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County names new planning chief

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   County Manager George Wood announced his replacement to head up the Planning and Inspections Department Monday evening, with Andrew Bryant selected to take up the post of planning chief. Bryant, previously a planner within the department, has been serving as the interim planning director…

Hester appointed to advisory council

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  LTN Staff Reports   Lincoln County Register of Deeds Danny Hester has been appointed to the Local Government Federal Credit Union’s (LGFCU) Lake Norman Advisory Council, which comprises Lincoln, Gaston and Catawba counties. The organization prides itself on providing a volunteer-driven initiative to not only educate people on the…

Hunting for Easter eggs

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Commissioners to vote on lease with Borghetti

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  MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing before they vote today on approval of a lease agreement with Deleware-based Borghetti Turbos North America for a 5.5-acre parcel of land in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. The lease agreement speculates that…

Sheriff, deputy weigh in on new gun legislation

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter and a local concealed carry instructor weighed in about a recent legislative piece that passed through the state House this month and is aimed at keeping information pertaining to pistol owners and individuals with concealed carry permits private. The…

Police nab drug suspects

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   While roads were empty and most residents remained nestled in their beds Thursday morning, Lincolnton Police prowled throughout town rounding up nearly 30 suspects accused of more than 120 felony drug-related charges. Operation “Rock Bottom” commenced at 6 a.m. following an officer briefing…

Churches observe Good Friday, Easter

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    Editor’s note: Several of this weekend’s local Holy Week church services are listed here, rather than their usual place in Around Town. Non-religious events can be found in Around Town on page 4A. FRIDAY Long Shoals Wesleyan and Long Shoals Baptist Churches will sponsor a Good Friday service…

Church fundraiser lifts spirits

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    Asbury UMC makes Cross-Eyed with Love a year-round affair   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “It’s our symbol, and Christianity is supposed to be joyful,” Beverly Parker-Reese, youth minister at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, told the Times-News Monday about the Christian Cross — the focus of…

Traffic stop leads to cocaine seizure by LCSO deputies

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies said they busted cocaine traffickers during a traffic stop Tuesday night on N.C. 16 in Denver, resulting in a find of nearly 500 grams of the illegal substance, making it the county’s third largest seizure of its kind…

Deputies identify theft suspect

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they may have a potential suspect in a rash of vehicle break-ins that took place this month on the county’s eastern end. Surveillance video at the Denver Mini Mart on N.C. 16 in Denver recorded a man Sunday using a credit card…